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In Brief: March 2016

In Brief: March 2016

Gift Focuses on Restoring Hearing Loss

Over 35 million people are affected by hearing loss, and 15 percent of Americans ages 20 to 69 have high-frequency hearing loss due to noise exposure. Now, thanks to a $15 million gift from philanthropist David Rubenstein to the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, a new hearing center will be established to focus on restoring hearing loss. Building on existing efforts, the center will integrate patient care and explore novel research approaches to help restore functional hearing in people with congenital and acquired hearing loss. Read more about the impact of the gift at And watch the video “Carol’s Story” to learn how Carol Rudy’s life changed after undergoing cochlear implant surgery at

Online Updates: Supply Chain Newsletter and Johns Hopkins Home Care Group Website Relaunch

Efforts to streamline business practices and processes, aka supply chain management strategies, save Johns Hopkins Medicine millions of dollars, as Dome has chronicled in recent years. Now, a new monthly e-newsletter called The Link features stories to empower everyone across the health system to strengthen Johns Hopkins’ performance and strategic priorities through supply chain transformation.
Check out The Link (available only to employees) to learn about how clinicians are partnering with the supply chain department to vet supplies to ensure the highest value of care for patients; the future centralized receiving and distribution location, which is expected to help save the health system $2 million; and other top supply chain savings initiatives: Subscribe to The
In other technology news, the recently upgraded Johns Hopkins Home Care Group website features a number of helpful resources. These include an online catalog of select respiratory, home medical equipment and enteral nutrition products; a section dedicated to quality and safety; educational materials for patients; and more. Learn more at
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